Faith is something that we cannot touch or feel but the bible gives us stories that can help us to grasp the concept. Within the bible there are two stories that include references to mustard seeds. I remember as a child hearing these stories and not really understanding the size of a mustard seed, still thought it was amazing that our God would use examples of such tiny stature. I heard this story and it remained with me.
Throughout trials in my life, I have often criticized myself and my lack of faith. When this would happen I would immediately think of the parable of the mustard seed and the sad truth that I do not have the faith of a mustard seed. The smallest of seeds and my faith cannot compare to it.
I was recently introduced to Saint Martin de Porres that has quickly become one of my favorites due to his belief that all work was sacred, no matter how trivial it may seem and his mustard seed faith. His nickname was the Saint of the Broom. I felt a special connection to him because I walk around with my home with a broom and most days I feel overwhelmed with my schedule of work, cleaning and other random tasks. He became a role model and someone who reminded me that faith can grow through small daily tasks.
And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
The blessing of this saint was shared with me through one of my children’s Holy Heroes Glory Stories. I know it is probably hard to believe that a children’s story touched my soul in such a strong way but that is part of faith. We have to allow that stories and lessons God is sharing to be heard within our hearts and souls.
A lesson I have been taught through this Saint and the parable of the mustard seed is that you must continue moving forward. We all know the end result we want to achieve. It’s Heaven! It is also not a coincidence that God has shared a second story in the bible about Heaven and a mustard seed too!
Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
We are in the beginning stages of spring and I feel that these stories and Saint Martin de Porres are pouring love and faith into my daily activities. The blooming of flowers and newness of the Easter season is a renewal I am embracing. I want to have faith at least as big as a mustard seed. Maybe with enough love and learning I will reach that milestone. Until then I will continue to pray, even when it is hard and do the small things with love.
In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “I have a mustard seed; and I am not afraid to use it.”